Harold and Kumar Go To White CastleNew Line Pictures (Blu-ray)
Two guys that are high as a kite and on a quest to satisfy their cravings for burgers find themselves on a hilarious all-night adventure as they run into one screwy obstacle after another.
Drug comedies are always hit or miss with me and this one came up a bit short compared to some of my favorites from the genre. That isn’t to say that I didn’t have fun with it, but some of the comedy was pretty lame. The duo set out for White Castle after smoking a few and watching the tube. Along the way they have one misadventure after another and go through a bit of a self realization in the process. There are some great cameos littered throughout too which did make for some good fun.
Overall I would call this an average HD transfer. The image has a bit of a smooth look to it but dimension is strong through most of the film. Colors are a bit muted and fine detail isn’t anything to brag about. Some of the close ups have a nice revealing quality, but the softer focus of the film just doesn’t lend to a really impressive picture overall. Contrast levels are pretty strong and shadow detail is solid for the most part. I did notice some light ringing from time to time and even some banding showed up on occasion. While not a disappointment overall, this one didn’t do much for me.
The audio is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio but the mix doesn’t lend to an exciting soundstage. Surrounds are used to amp up some of the gags but their use is mostly confined to some light atmospheric effects. The film’s soundtrack adds most of the body of the mix and the song selections do add some nice punch to the mix overall. Dialogue sounds very natural in tone and balance. A solid presentation given the genre.
Once again New Line provides a ton of supplements for this Blu-ray release. On top of the digital copy for your PC, you get three separate audio commentaries, a ton of interviews and behind the scenes features, some deleted scenes, music videos and some trailers and peeks at the new sequel.
While not my favorite drug comedy this one still has its great moments. New Line has done a pretty good job with the presentation but their video is still a bit too processed for my tastes. Hopefully this is a trend that will go away in the near future.